50 years ago: Bad conditions spur PTA threat to close school

West bayIn the Oct. 12, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote:

“At a recent meeting at the West Bay Primary School, the parents and teachers expressed their dissatisfaction over the way in which the school building is being treated by the public and also the deplorable condition of the toilets. It was noted that these latter were not fit for use.

“The PTA deputed Mrs. Ertis Ebanks and Rev. R.G. Coke to bring these two matters to the attention of the Chief of Police and the Acting Director of Education. The PTA further decided that if nothing had been done about these matters within 10 days, then they would close the school.

“This meeting was the best attended for a very long time.

“Mr. Lee Jackson arrived on the 6th, an employee of National Bulk Carriers. Mr. Alden Ebanks arrived from Miami the same day.

“Miss Ella Yates returned to Tampa, having spent two weeks at home.

“Mr. J.D. Smith left for his home in New York on the 2nd after spending a short vacation.

“Miss Una Yates returned on the 6th from Miami, where she combined a business and pleasure trip.

“Mr. Elworth Ebanks left on the 9th to take up work with National Bulk Carriers. Leaving the same day was Mr. John Parsons who had been home for some time.

“Mr. Burke Franklin arrived on the 9th from the U.S. on his vacation.

“An interesting evening was given on the 7th in the United Church Hall by the two Brigade girls who went to Canada. Slides were shown which they had taken in Canada, also pictures of some of our island which they had taken with them. Betty and Carol Ann entertained with songs they had learned in Canada. Mrs. Coke made the introductory remarks. An offering was taken for the Brigade funds. The national anthem was sung and thus ended an enjoyable evening.”